What is Knee brace?

Category: Equipment


Generic name: Orthotics

Knee braces provide lateral support while allowing full flexion and extension. They also protect against hyperextension, which is a common cause of major knee ligament injuries.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in knees 22 3
Pain 10 2
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome 3 0
Improve mobility 3 0
Knees locking and giving out 3 2
Knee Inflammation 2 0

Show all 29 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Knee brace

Side effect Patients
Mobility decreased left knee 1
Pain 1
Stiffness in right knee 1
Swelling in knee 1


Based on patients currently using Knee brace

Dosage Patients
as needed 7
daily 4
every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Knee brace

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Other 3
Doctor's advice 1
See all 9 patients who’ve stopped using Knee brace


Currently using Knee brace

Duration Patients
1-3 months 2
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 9

Stopped using Knee brace

Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 2
2 years or more 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 4
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2 patient evaluations for Knee brace

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40365 thumb
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
CFS:12y Dx
FM:19y Dx
I am: vb
I have:

See The-Gig's full Knee brace history

Jul 29, 2014 (Started Apr 30, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Restricting)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain in left knee)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Broken Leg (left))
  • side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
9589 thumb
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:

See louann52's full Knee brace history

Dec 22, 2009 (Started Nov 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support)
  • side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This brace has been a must since my muscles are getting weaker. It's just one that I goy at Walmart.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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